- Also called carousel, carrousel. (in amusement parks, carnivals, etc.) a revolving, circular platform with wooden horses or other animals, benches, etc., on which people may sit or ride, usually to the accompaniment of mechanical or recorded music.
- a rapid whirl or a busy round, as of social life or business affairs.
Origin of merry-go-round
First recorded in 1720–30
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Related Wordsbinge, orgy, rampage, celebration, ferment, tumult, flurry, clatter, whirlwind, fun, humor, satire, farce, sitcom, pleasure, pastime, amusement, distraction, caper, splurge
Examples from the Web for merry-go-round
When he finally emerged in “a country lane,” he felt as if he had “jumped off a merry-go-round.”Walking In The Footsteps Of W.G. Sebald, Hiker, Novelist, Strange Genius
June 5, 2014
The worst thing they do is break into a zoo and ride the merry-go-round.What the New ‘Endless Love’s Fireplace Sex Scene Is Missing
February 13, 2014
Anybody can push a merry-go-round, or push their buddy on sled down a hill.Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder?
January 17, 2014
There was a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, and a couple of yellow VW bugs with “BayBees Pediatrics” painted on the side.Dr. Pedophile
Jan Crawford, Howard L. Rosenberg
February 26, 2010
But these were only the disconnected parts of a merry-go-round.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
And I did, and then he ran up on the merry-go-round with me.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove
Laura Lee Hope
They shot the chutes until, maudlin with laughter, they took to a merry-go-round.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
There was a merry-go-round, too, and it had an organ that played We're on our way.
Then we had a ride on the merry-go-round, and after that we had some ice-cream cones.
- another name for roundabout (def. 1)
- a whirl of activity or eventsthe merry-go-round of the fashion world
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Word Origin and History for merry-go-round
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